Suffolk IV girls basketball preview

Huntington's Heather Forster gets fouled by Copaigue's Tracy

Huntington's Heather Forster gets fouled by Copaigue's Tracy McFadden on the rebound shot. (Jan. 22, 2013) (Credit: George A. Faella)

SUFFOLK IV

1. HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Mike Kaplan

Key players

G/F/C Heather Forster 6-1

PG Katie Nugent 5-7

G/F Samantha Lynch 5-9

F Joellen Ceide 5-9

G Mackenzie Maloney 5-6

Outlook: Bulk of team returns and adds Lynch, who causes mismatches.

2. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Tom Edmundson

Key players

PG Shannon Ahern 5-7

G Emily Santoli 5-7

SG Kayla Teape 5-6

F Tiffany Slickleine 5-10

C Emily Stephens 6-2

Outlook: A balanced, up-tempo team that had solid guard play, strong shooters around the perimeter and bigs who can handle the ball in the post.

3. DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: Mike Gennaro

Key players

PG Kristy Vitucci 5-6

SG Adrianna Cammarata 5-6

F Sabrina Grunseich 5-9

G Jayda Brown 5-2

G Juliet Quirindongo 5-5

Outlook: Feature a plethora of guards who can put the ball in the basket, none more so than Vitucci.

4. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Jamie Edson

Key players

F Carly Tellekamp 6-1

G Caitlyn Rorke 5-6

F Danielle Valenza 6-1

G Katie Murphy 5-7

G Alex Scauri 5-6

Outlook: Looking to follow up on last year's playoff run behind Tellekamp, a double-double machine and Rorke, a threat from the perimeter.

5. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: John Caraccia

Key players

PG Alexa Mattera 5-7

C Katie Walsh 5-11

G Brianna Demeo 5-7

F Jackie Carti 5-9

G Lara Meehan 5-6

Outlook: A young, athletic team that will get up and down quickly in transition with Mattera, an explosive scorer, and Walsh, a solid post player.

6. BELLPORT CLIPPERSCoach: Rodney O'Neal

Key players

G/F Arella Guirantes 5-10

PG Timaya Wilkins 5-2

SG Nicole Powell 5-4

G Hailey Wagner 5-7

F Maame Amankwah 5-8

Outlook: Strong in transition offense with everything running through first-team All-Long Islander Guirantes.

7. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Stefanie Mouzakes

Key players

G Brittany Hodge 5-3

G Alyse McAlpine 5-3

G Tori Harris 5-11

F Daniella DeSabato 5-5

C Samantha Pierre-Louis 5-11

Outlook: A young, guard-oriented team led by Hodge and McAlpine, who can both handle and distribute, and Harris, who has a nice shooting touch.

8. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Debbie McGuire

Key players

G Madison Vasquez 5-6

G Samantha Apuzzo 5-6

F Kelsey Hammel 6-0

G Shannon McGuire 5-5

F Tiffany Claud 5-8

Outlook: Led by the strong shooting of Vasquez and a solid defensive unit, led by Apuzzo.

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